Feature Design DSC-TX1
Feature Design DSC-TX1

Not slim? Then it's not a T-series camera

Morisawa: More advanced components (for better picture quality and performance) and a curved cover make the new DSC-TX1 slightly thicker than the T77, but so far, no one's complaining. That's because the design emphasizes slimness. The sides, top, and back are nicely tapered. I'm particularly impressed by how closely the smoothly tapered sides follow the lines of the lens cover. And considering how the back is framed by curved, tapering surfaces and crisp edges, it must be very hard to mold in rigid stainless steel. If not for the engineers' dedication to details, the final form of the camera would never have met our expectations so well.

Thanks to them, the build quality conveys a satisfying sense of precision and desirable textures overall. Other refinements-in the shape of buttons and the strap holder, for example-make the camera easier to use. Women and men alike will appreciate the details that make this camera both user-friendly and exquisite.

Responsive controls, just a touch away

Furue: Usability has been the key criterion in touchscreens on compact digital cameras to date, which you can touch directly instead of navigating with arrow buttons. But we were convinced of untapped potential, so to speak. There must be uniquely enjoyable or satisfying ways to use touchscreen controls. They promise greater convenience, without a doubt. Drag with your finger to rewind or fast-forward playback, for example. Or enjoy other direct control with just a touch. Although we were careful not to leave existing "Cyber-shot" users behind, for the TX1 we sought just this kind of new GUI design.

You'll see the difference in menus, for one thing. Previous menu screens listed items vertically, and choosing an item expanded the list horizontally into submenus. In contrast, the TX1 shows nine icons across the screen. This reduces the hassle of scrolling, and you can find desired functions quickly.

You can also customize the menu. If you'll be changing the ISO speed a lot, just drag the icon to the menu screen. That's all you have to do to add the icon, which you can then access directly to change the ISO speed as needed. You'll be glad it's a touchscreen, now that you can modify the screen layout so it's easier or more enjoyable to use.

Komatsu: For this GUI, we designed new transparent icons. They replace basic monochrome icons that obscured the images behind them. Now, the effect is like frosted glass, and even when icons are displayed over images, you can clearly see the images.

Even when you're shooting, icons are arranged to avoid interfering with your field of view. Ideally, you should have an unobstructed view when shooting. That's why in the TX1, the menu and shooting information do not cover images at an aspect ratio of 4:3. The icons are arranged at left and right in 16:9, but simply tap on the left side of the screen to hide them in a full-screen view. You can instantly switch between showing and hiding these interface items, between shooting and playing back images, and so on. These are the highlights of the new GUI.

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